Dreamscape (1984 film)

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"Enter a world beyond your wildest imagination where anything can happen: close your eyes and the adventure begins." A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.


Dream sequence from Dreamscape (1984 film)...
  • Release Date: 1984
  • Country/Language: USA, English
  • Genres/Technical: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern (1980s), Dreamlands
  • Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
  • Starring: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer
  • Director: Joseph Ruben
  • Writer: David Loughery, loosely inspired by the Roger Zelazny novel The Dream Master (fiction)
  • Producer/Production Co: Zupnik-Curtis Enterprises, Bella Productions, Chevy Chase Films
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MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG-13 (mild Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • Ss___ (One and a Half Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian)

The basic idea is a modern "pulp" update to Dunsany's Dreamlands, filtered through mad-science technology, with government conspiracies and a conflict with a Dreamer assassin.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Selfish teen Alex Gardner is coerced into joining a government project in which psychics like him are trained to enter others' dreams. He starts learning to use his abilities to do good, but before long, a new official, Bob Blair, seizes control of the project. A writer helps Alex uncover Blair's true motives, which involve assassination via dreams. Soon, only Alex and a beautiful scientist stand in the way of something terrible.


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Associated Mythos Elements

A rogue Dreamer has turned his dream form into a Serpent Man in Dreamscape (1984 film)....

Keeper Notes

  • The investigators are recruited as experienced Dreamers to enter the Dreamlands on a mission from the government (an assassination, to stop a deranged Dreamer-Serial-Killer, to obtain intelligence over a foreign power, etc.